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Welcome to the Wiltshire O. P. C. Home Page

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About The Project

 

The OPC Project concept was the original idea of family historians in Cornwall who launched the first OPC project;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are several now more counties taking part.  The idea is to assist those who are researching their family history in a specific parish who might otherwise have difficulty accessing information at record offices, etc.  The Wiltshire OPC Project began tentatively in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength.  Information is organised by the historic Church of England parishes within the county.  Although there is a strong focus on genealogical information, we also include historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated from time to time.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.          Put a face to the name - meet your OPC Team.  

 

Funding

The new management team face new challenges and we will keep the site running for as long as we can.  We intend to keep the site as a free to use facility but the time has come to follow other projects of a similar genre and give our users the opportunity of making a small donation to assist us to keep the site running for the longer good.  With that in mind we have set up a     Go Fund Me page     the purpose of this is to raise enough money to help us cover the running costs for the foreseeable future.   Please note that this is a voluntary donation and is not a requirement to use this site.  The site will remain free to anyone who wishes to use the information we provide.  

The people who run the site do so as volunteers and receive no financial rewards whatsoever so please be assured that your donation will be used to maintain the site and for no other purpose.  We do hope you understand our move in this direction and thank you all in advance for any support you give.     

 

Surname Interests

We have decided to create some files via Facebook to accommodate those members who would like to register their surname interests.  Our Facebook group currently has over 700 members.

 

Photo Galleries

Our photo galleries can be found all over the website - mainly published on parish pages under the category headings.  We are currently displaying these galleries via Google Photos.  Tagging of each photograph means you can see what the image is etc.  Sadly there is still no sort in file order facility with Google Photos.  Admin is constantly requesting Google to add this sort option.  

 

A Little Information About Using This Website  

As mentioned previously information is laid out within parishes.  There is also a page to cover the whole of the county and also a military page which relates to the county as a whole.  There are also pages for research inquiries and other general information just explore the drop down menus at the top of the page.  Most pages follow a set layout to assist you in finding information quickly under categories which have a set order.  The Categories are Neighbouring Parishes (Contiguous); Websites; Parish Church; Parish History; Buildings & Land; Crime & Legal Matters; Directories; Education; Emigration & Migration; Employment & Business; Miscellaneous Items; Non Conformity & Other Places of Worship; People & Parish Notables; Poor Law, Charity & The Workhouse; Probate; War, Conflict and Military.  Under Transcriptions at the bottom of the page can be found any Baptisms, Marriages, Burials & Census that have been completed.  Categories will contain sub headings but these should be selective and contain a series of documents of the same kind such as parishioners wills.  The documents themselves will normally follow a layout of oldest items first reading from left to right in columns of 3 or 4 items per row.  The documents are linked to a pdf format and the title should be descriptive but concise so that you can see what you are likely to find within.  Where there is a tithing or hamlet that has a fair amount of information these will have a tab (page) within that parish towards the end of the page.  Photo Galleries can be found by following the links on parish pages or by accessing the main gallery section at the top of the page.   The most recent parishes or items updated or expanded can be found by clicking on the images under the 3 headings towards the top of the home page.  

Although most items are published on parish pages please also check the Wiltshire Additional Parish Page, Wiltshire County Wide Page, Wiltshire Military Page and the Nationwide Page.  All of these may contain additional information not published on a parish page.  

Due to the nature of the project some pages will hold more information than others.  New items are being added to the site daily.

As you can see from the Memorial Days Section to the right of the page we are adding as many soldiers memorial days as we can.  If anyone knows of soldiers whose deaths are not yet listed please let the admin team know.  You may check which names are included by browsing through the calendar facility on this page.  

We have a motto at the Wiltshire OPC :-

What May or May Not Be of Interest to You Will Be of Interest to Someone

 

What is an OPC?

An OPC (on-line parish clerk) is a volunteer member of the public who "adopts" a parish in Wiltshire becoming its custodian.  The OPC is then able to research the parish and transcribe historical and genealogical information for that particular parish which may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  Our motto is "What may or may not be of interest to you, will be of interest to others".  This information is gathered from many different sources, for example, parish registers, census records, churchwardens and overseers accounts, historical wills, business and trade directories, church and village histories, newspaper reports, war casualty lists, etc.  An on-line parish clerk should not be confused with a parish clerk engaged by a parish council or parochial church council.    

 

Adopt a Parish and Become an OPC

Firstly, you do not need to live in Wiltshire, or even in the UK, to become an OPC.  We have OPC's in Australia, Canada, Holland, England, New Zealand, India, Scotland and several in Wiltshire itself!  Some OPC's choose to adopt a particular parish because their ancestors hailed from that village or town or because they once lived there themselves; some just want to be part of a voluntary project to help family history researchers worldwide.  Others choose their parish because of a subject interest such as Australian Soldiers of WWI buried in the county.  Once you adopt a parish then you become its custodian by researching and building on the resources on the parish page.  Even if a parish is adopted then other contributors are still welcome to submit items for inclusion.           More about Volunteering

You may feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, but you can still support the Wiltshire OPC project by:-

  • donating information you may have at home - school photographs, directories, village history booklets - in fact, any historical information on a Wiltshire parish
  • transcribing - we can email records to you to transcribe at home at your own pace
  • taking photographs in Wiltshire - war memorials, buildings, village scenes, plaques, etc. 

If you would like to help with any of the above please contact the OPC of the parish you can help with or if the parish is vacant, contact our Administrator.  Please note that you will need to register and sign in to contact OPC's/Administrator (via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page)            

For a complete list of vacant parishes and other positions you could help with please visit our Vacancy page          For items needing to be transcribed please visit our Resources Page

 

Site Statistics

During June 2019 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 101 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New and updated documents added as we go through July 2019 will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  We are always working on new items and information to add to the site and currently hold a large of amount of items to be loaded (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).  We are currently working on a census transcribing programme as a priority, this is coming along pretty well considering we have a small team working on this.  We are also reviewing documents under copyright and GDP Regulations.  This may mean that some items will no longer be available to the website until they have been re-transcribed.

At the beginning of each month the site holdings list is updated to show what can be found on parish pages and elsewhere on the site at present we have over 24350 items on parish pages.  Items are annotated with either Submitted or Revised.  Submitted items being the original items transcribed and Revised being those that have additional information added or have been reformatted.  The date of when any item was updated can be found at the foot of the published document; the original upload date is in the left hand column, the date when the item was uploaded with changes is in the right hand date column. 

We currently have 60 OPC's and 6 Consultants who cover between them cover about a third of the 335 available.   We also have 21 transcribers registered (not all active at present).  

The site currently has over 620 registered returning users (figures may be reduced after removal of expired accounts) and the web site has been visited over 454001 times.

 

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Copyright & Disclaimer

We think it is important that our users understand the strengths and limitations of this website.  The OPC Project aims to provide historical and genealogical information without charge that researchers might pay a fee for elsewhere.  OPC's voluntarily provide this information, often at their own expense by purchasing documents to transcribe.  In most cases their transcriptions are not checked by anyone other than themselves.   

Our OPC’s and volunteers are aware that material submitted for this site must be within copyright law and accreditation must be given where necessary.  Our Administrator checks items as they are submitted, however, occasionally an item may ‘slip through the net.’  If this occurs, we apologise most sincerely and will correct the issue immediately upon notification.

We don't guarantee to be perfect!  All information should be taken as a guide only and the original source consulted wherever possible.  In many cases this will be the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.   Please note that some items are published to parish pages and are incomplete, such items will be updated as and when new information is transcribed.  These are mainly ongoing projects such as the national probate index, strays index, etc.

Please note that OPC's are unable to undertake family history research for our users, but we are always willing, where possible, to advise where the information being sought might be found.

If you find this site useful please tell others - if you have a problem with it then please tell us.  Users of the site are invited to leave comments/constructive criticism &c. in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book.  You may also rate the page using the star option on each parish page.  Thank you.  

GDPR Notice.  For our user policy and information on how we use your personal data then please go to our Privacy Information Page

 

Funding

Please Consider Helping Us Improve This Website - Up Until Now We Have Asked For No Financial Donations - Just a Little Time or Some Photographs or Documents that you are willing to share with us.  Circumstances Now Mean We Need to Ask for the Occasional Financial Donation.  If You Wish to Help by Transcribing or Donating Books, Photographs and Transcripts then contact the Administrator.  If You Could Help with a Small Donation Then You May Do So Via Our Just Giving Appeal.  Thank you to all who have made a donation since the launch of the appeal to each and everyone of you we are most grateful.  The money we raise is used solely for the maintenance and advancement of the site.  Thank you all for your support the team appreciate it very much.  

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Today We Remember Wiltshires' Heroic & Famous Sons and Daughters - Their Births, Deaths & Sacrifice

Mon Jul 15
*Aldbourne - 1913 - HAMMOND INNES, novelist, was born this day in Horsham, Sussex. One time resident of this parish.
Mon Jul 15
Chippenham - 1916 - Rifleman RICHARD ELMES
Mon Jul 15
Chippenham - 1944 - Private ALFRED JAMES DUMMER
Mon Jul 15
Codford (St. Mary) - 1988 - Brigadier RUSSELL FRANK MAYNARD
Mon Jul 15
Devizes, East Knoyle and Salisbury - 1916 - Lance Corporal EDWARD DEWEY SMALL
Mon Jul 15
Marlborough - 1916 - Private REGINALD WILLIAM F. DOBSON
Mon Jul 15
Milford & Salisbury - 1916 - Private EDGAR PERCY ROUSELL
Tue Jul 16
Bradford-on-Avon - 1917 - Private CHARLES JONES
Tue Jul 16
Codford (St. Mary) - 1918 - Rifleman BERTIE ERNEST KEARSE
Tue Jul 16
Codford St. Mary - 1916 - Lance Sergeant FREDERICK CHARLES WHATLEY
Tue Jul 16
Corsley & Warminster - 1944 - Private EDWARD ROY HAMPSON
Tue Jul 16
Durrington - 1944 - Private HARRY SPREADBURY
Tue Jul 16
Odstock - 1916 - Second Lieutenant HENRY ROBERT MILES
Wed Jul 17
*Baydon - 1999 - KEVIN WILKINSON, Drummer and Session Musician took his own life aged 41. RIP
Wed Jul 17
Box - 1920 - Private GEORGE WILLIAM MILSOM, D.C.M.
Wed Jul 17
Warminster - 1919 - Private WILLIAM GEORGE SLY
Wed Jul 17
Wootton Bassett - 1918 - Rifleman HERBERT BEAZLEY
Thu Jul 18
Box & Bradford-on-Avon - 1945 - Gunner RONALD WALTER PLUMB
Thu Jul 18
Durrington - 1943 - Private JILES/GILES JOHN GREEN
Fri Jul 19
Aldbourne - 1918 - Gunner J. J. MOULDING
Fri Jul 19
Barford St. Martin - 1916 - Gunner REGINALD GEORGE NOYCE
Fri Jul 19
Great Chalfield & Holt - 1918 - Sergeant ALFRED JAMES DAVIS
Sat Jul 20
Aldbourne & Ramsbury - 1944 - Private HAROLD KVAM
Sat Jul 20
Aldbourne - 1916 - Private ROBERT EDWARD (Edward Robert) HAWKINS
Sat Jul 20
Chippenham, Derry Hill (Pewsham) & North Wraxall - 1915 - Pioneer ALBERT GEORGE BISHOP
Sun Jul 21
*Malmesbury & Marlborough - On this day in 1935 TV Journalist JULIAN PETTIFER was born in Malmesbury. He was educated at Marlborough College.
Sun Jul 21
Amesbury - 1940 - Telegraphist AUSTIN WILLIAM COCKLE
Sun Jul 21
Ashton Keynes - 1918 - Private EDWARD PRICHARD McNELLEE
Sun Jul 21
Chippenham - 1944 - Signalman ALBERT GEORGE EDWARD WARNER
Sun Jul 21
Sutton Veny - 1917 - Private FRANK SNELGROVE
Sun Jul 21
Warminster - 1857 - Major SYDENHAM GEORGE CHARLES RENAUD
Mon Jul 22
Chippenham - 1944 - Private FRANK SIDNEY WILTSHIRE
Mon Jul 22
Corsham - 1916 - Private ALBERT ALLEN
Mon Jul 22
Durrington - 1944 - Private HERBERT HENRY WEEKS
Mon Jul 22
Holt - 1918 - Private ALBERT EDWARD BAILEY
Mon Jul 22
North Bradley (Southwick) - 1917 - Private HERBERT CULVERHOUSE
Tue Jul 23
Aldbourne - 1917 - Brigadier General JOHN ARTHUR TANNER
Tue Jul 23
Alderbury (Whaddon) - 1944 - Sub Lieutenant STANLEY KENNETH GUMBLETON
Tue Jul 23
Charlton (Malmesbury, Chippenham & Stanton St. Quintin - 1943 - Civilian FREDERICK BARSTED BANKS
Tue Jul 23
Chippenham - 1916 - Second Lieutenant WILLIAM BRYAN WOOD
Tue Jul 23
Chippenham - 1917 - Private FREDERICK GIDEON BEASLEY
Tue Jul 23
Chippenham - 1917 - Private GERALD HARVEY BARNFIELD
Tue Jul 23
Coombe Bissett, Durnford & Stratford Sub Castle - 1916 - Private GEORGE REGINALD MUNDY
Tue Jul 23
Donhead St. Andrew - 1915 - Private WILLIAM GEORGE LITTEN
Tue Jul 23
Donhead St. Andrew - 1918 - Lieutenant ROBERT BISHOP SLADE
Tue Jul 23
Upton Lovell - 1916 - Private ALFRED THOMAS WILD
Wed Jul 24
Bulford - 1947 - Warrant Officer Second Class (B.S.M.) JOHN E. DAYKIN
Wed Jul 24
Stratton St. Margaret & Swindon - 1916 - Private ALBERT EDWARD COOK
Thu Jul 25
Bradford-on-Avon - 1917 - Private WILLIAM JAMES LEAVER
Thu Jul 25
Chippenham & Langley Burrell - 1915 - Private CLEMENT HAROLD TAYLOR
Thu Jul 25
Chippenham - 1941 - Leading Aircraftman/Pilot Under Training EWART CHARLES YEATES
Thu Jul 25
Pewsey - 1915 - Sergeant JOSEPH VICTOR TAYLOR
Thu Jul 25
West Dean - 1916 - Private HAROLD PERCY KENNETT
Fri Jul 26
Amesbury & Coombe Bissett - 1919 - Private FREDERICK ROBERTS CANNINGS
Fri Jul 26
Amesbury (West) & Wilsford cum Lake (Normanton) - 1915 - Private BERTRED CANNING
Fri Jul 26
Amesbury - 1945 - Stoker First Class LESLIE REGINALD FRANK HOPGOOD
Fri Jul 26
Chippenham - 1941 - Leading Aircraftman/U/T Pilot GILBERT LAING-MEASON
Fri Jul 26
Stratton St. Margaret - 1943 - Gunner SIDNEY JAMES TOWNSEND
Sat Jul 27
Aldbourne - 1917 - Lance Corporal FREDERICK WILLIAM STACEY (MM)
Sat Jul 27
Chippenham - 1940 - Flying Officer/Pilot HAROLD RAYMOND WHEELER
Sat Jul 27
Codford (St. Mary) - 1917 - Private ALBERT ARTHUR HARRIS
Sat Jul 27
Durrington - 1917 - Gunner HERBERT DYMER
Sun Jul 28
Aldbourne - 1916 - Private F. T. (TOM) HAWKINS
Sun Jul 28
Bremhill - 1916 - Private EDWARD JESSE LEWIS
Mon Jul 29
Aldbourne & Great Bedwyn - 1916 - Private OSCAR COOK
Mon Jul 29
Chippenham - 1944 - Fusilier DENNIS JOHN WHITTLE
Mon Jul 29
Chippenham, Devizes & Warminster - 1917 - Private GERALD KING
Mon Jul 29
East Harnham - 1918 - Gunner ALBERT EDWARD BOWEY
Mon Jul 29
Stratton St. Margaret (Gorse Hill) - 1916 - Lance Corporal THOMAS MORSE
Tue Jul 30
Alderbury (Clarendon), Porton & Salisbury - 1944 - Lieutenant MICHAEL VANDELEUR CHRISTIE-MILLER
Tue Jul 30
Chippenham - 1916 - Private ARTHUR GEORGE HISCOX
Tue Jul 30
Chippenham - 1916 - Private HENRY JOHN WICKS
Tue Jul 30
Devizes - 1943 - Sergeant/Flight Engineer ERNEST FREDERICK JOHN (FRED) WILLIS
Tue Jul 30
Lydiard (Millicent) - 1960 - Private ERIC JOHN EVANS
Tue Jul 30
Sedgehill - 1920 - Vice Admiral TREVELYAN DACRES WILLES NAPIER
Wed Jul 31
Alderbury & Amesbury - 1917 - Private FRANCIS GEORGE HARPER
Wed Jul 31
Alderton & Chippenham - 1944 - Sergeant/Air Gunner GEORGE LEWIS COPELAND
Wed Jul 31
Alderton - 1917 - Rifleman HOWARD COOK
Wed Jul 31
Alvediston, Ansty & Woodford - 1915 - Private BERTRAM WILLIAM JAMES MOXHAM
Wed Jul 31
Amesbury - 1917 - Private CHARLES WILLIAM LAWRENCE
Wed Jul 31
Amesbury - 1944 - Signalman ERIC JOSEPH JARMAN
Wed Jul 31
Atworth - 1917 - Private WILLIAM NICHOLSON
Wed Jul 31
Avebury, East Kennett & Marston Meysey - 1917 - Private HENRY JOSEPH BRINDLE
Wed Jul 31
Bradford-on-Avon - 1917 - Private THOMAS BUTTERWORTH
Wed Jul 31
Chippenham - 1918 - Private ARTHUR HULL
Wed Jul 31
Semington - 1917 - Private R. W. BUTLER
Wed Jul 31
Stratton St. Margaret (Lower Stratton) - 1942 Gunner ALAN FRANK URQUHART
Thu Aug 01
*Wylye - On this day in 1863 pamphleteer, and proponent of the reform of agriculture and of the poor laws, ROBERT FLEMING GOURLAY died in Edinburgh, Scotland. Resident of Wylye 1810-1817
Thu Aug 01
Atworth & Calne (Stockley) - 1916 - Private PERCY VICTOR BROWN
Thu Aug 01
Bradford-on-Avon - 1917 - Lance Corporal ERNEST WILLIAM GARD
Thu Aug 01
Bremhill - 1915 - Private SAMUEL BEER
Thu Aug 01
Chippenham & Devizes - 1916 - Regimental Sergeant Major FRANK POWNEY
Thu Aug 01
Chippenham - 1915 - Private FREDERICK ELI GEORGE ASHE
Thu Aug 01
Chippenham - 1940 - Electrical Articifer 2nd Class JAMES WILLIAM GREY
Thu Aug 01
Codford St. Mary - 1916 - Private CHARLES FRANK SINGLETON
Thu Aug 01
Durrington - 1943 - Ordinary Seaman MICHAEL JOHN JOSEPH REED-LETHBRIDGE
Fri Aug 02
*Mildenhall - On this day in 1921 JOHN BERNARD (JACK) AINSLIE, chairman of Wiltshire C.C. 1986-1990 was born in Stanmore, Middlesex . Was resident in the parish.
Fri Aug 02
Berwick St. John - 1944 - Squadron Leader (Pilot) Lord DAVID DOUGLAS-HAMILTON
Fri Aug 02
Chippenham - 1915 - Sapper STEPHEN BULL
Fri Aug 02
Collingbourne Kingston & Tidworth - 1929 - Lance Corporal GERALD BRITTON WOODHOUSE
Sat Aug 03
Alderbury - 1918 - Private ALBERT NORTHEAST
Sat Aug 03
Chitterne - 1916 - Private HAROLD ROBINSON
Sat Aug 03
Coombe Bisset, Downton (Charlton All Saints) & Stapleford - 1918 - Private GILBERT JOHN WEST
Sat Aug 03
Rowde - 1940 - Engine Room Artificer 1st Class CHARLES HERBERT FLOWER
Sun Aug 04
Bradford-on-Avon & Warminster - 1917 - Private JOHN STEPHEN JOHNSON
Sun Aug 04
Chippenham - 1943 - Captain REGINALD THEODORE ARTHUR COUZENS
Sun Aug 04
Milford & Salisbury - 1916 - Captain WILLIAM BRAMWELL PEPPER
Mon Aug 05
Berwick St. John - 1942 - Sergeant-Observer WILLIAM FREDERICK JACOBS
Mon Aug 05
Brinkworth & Stratton St. Margaret - 1915 - Private ALFRED WALTER MANNERS MAPSON
Mon Aug 05
Chippenham - 1917 - Acting Bombardier HORACE BLACKMAN

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